CHAP. 37. (9.)—THE WILLOW: FOURTEEN REMEDIES. THE
WILLOW OF AMLERIA: ONE REMEDY.
The fruit of the willow,1
before it arrives at maturity, is
covered with a down like a spider's web: gathered2
is ripe, it arrests discharges of blood from the mouth. The
bark of the upper branches, reduced to ashes and mixed with
water, is curative of corns and callosities: it removes spots
also upon the face, being still more efficacious for that purpose
if mixed with the juices of the tree.
The juices produced by the willow form three different
of which exudes in the shape of a gum from
the tree itself, and another distils from an incision some three
fingers in width, made in the bark while the tree is in blossom.
This last is very useful for dispersing humours which impede
the sight, acting also as an inspissative when needed, promoting
the discharge of the urine, and bringing abscesses of all kinds
to a head. The third kind of juice exudes from the wounds,
when the branches are lopt off with the bill. Either of these
juices, warmed in a pomegranate rind, is used as an injection
for diseases of the ears. The leaves, too, boiled and beaten
up with wax, are employed as a liniment for similar purposes,
and for gout. The bark and leaves, boiled in wine, form a
decoction that is remarkably useful as a fomentation for affections of the sinews. The blossoms, bruised with the leaves,
remove scaly eruptions of the face; and the leaves, bruised and
taken in drink, check libidinous tendencies,4
put an end to them, if habitually employed.
The seed of the black willow of Ameria,5
litharge in equal proportions, and applied to the body just
after the bath, acts as a depilatory.